Post by Erica Morales
Dreams are quite peculiar subjects. They are a phenomena that occur within our mind and an unavoidable part of our lives. Dreams are different on a grand scale and spectrum from traumatic experiences to fun and life changing. A question that we may have all come across at some point in our lives is why do we dream? To answer that question, we simply do not know, we just do. Research shows that unless we don’t write down and document our dreams once we wake up, we forget about 95 percent of them. Frankly, that has happened to me more often than I care to admit; I forget it so quickly. Even just by sitting up on my bed, in that small matter of seconds I forget. I would strongly urge people to lay in bed for a couple of seconds to reprocess their dreams over and over then to write them down immediately.
Dreams can mean many different things such as in Hinduism where dreams are seen as prophetic and seem to predict what may be ahead in your path. In some philosophies they could mean experiences that intertwine our current conscious experiences to that of a past life. Dreams in Buddhism are merely nothing but a spiritual test; what you dream reflect how you truly are.
As far as dreams go, we can categorize them into four types which essentially are normal dreams, nightmares, daydreams, and lucid dreams. Normal dreams consist of epic dreams, reoccuring dreams, and false awakenings. Experiencing epic dreams are one of the greatest to encounter, actually, they are the ones that we remember the most. Those types of dreams where we wake up and think “wow, that was epic” and want to go back to. A major question to ask when you experience this type of dream is, “what made this dream so epic?” They can show you what you want to manifest into your reality. Expressing what your dream life would be and what you urge to plan and do to make your life the best life for you. With reoccuring dreams, they are usually not the most positive. A lot of times these types of dreams contain a fear or an underlying fear about ourselves or what we never want to experience. What is it about the dream are you pushing away? It will help you to notice and figure out concealed things about yourself or experiences and it’ll be up to you to either work around it or embrace it. Awakening dreams are the ones that are so real and vivid that you believe you are awake but are actually not. I remember this happening to me during school; I had a dream that I woke up late for school and on my way to school I woke up in real life. Something similar to this may have happened to you as well. In the dream we see an aspect of our daily life that is real or what we haven’t done. Why isn’t the dream real? Our subconscious may be pulling what you have planned to the front of the stage as an alarm or reminder.
Nightmares represent our primal and repressed fears. Containing what we don’t want to think or know of. A way to best dissect and understand the dream is to use symbolism.You have a nightmare about the darkness, is it because you are actually afraid of the dark? Or because you fear the unknown?
Daydreams are so common and happen to all of us at any place at any time. They can range from a couple of seconds to minutes. They show your wildest thoughts and your vivid imagination. Used as a reminder to be present because sometimes we forget to live in the moment.
Lucid dreams can take loads of practice to enact but happen without much effort. It’s usually the most meaningful because it has the most experientiality. You are there but not really there; our mind is there but not our actual physical self. However, we are aware that we’re dreaming and can manipulate the events that take place. We are enacting the ultimate reality for ourselves. To let what we wish to appear and stands to show us what are our deepest desires and wishes are. Just because it’s not physically there doesn’t mean it can not entirely be true.
There are certain dreams that a majority of us get and can be interpreted in various ways.
-babies or being pregnant: these could mean a desire to be nurtured or may signify a new beginning.
-death: start or in the process of a big change. Ending of a part in your life.
-flying:occurs when we made a decision that may have been putting off.
-falling: can indicate anxiety after an achievement, how will you maintain your success?
-car crash: can tell you that you are attempting to control something that you can’t take over.
-need for bathroom: maybe you actually need to go to the bathroom or a signal that you need to take care of yourself first before others.
-water: depending on the water, if a storm, it can mean you’re going through an emotional rollercoaster. If calm, you may be experiencing a mental clarity.
-killing: show a part of your life that you want to get rid of.
-teeth falling out: may be feeling powerless
Dreams contain an abundance amount of messages and it’s up to you to decipher how you want to interpret them and put to use in your life. It really expresses to us how infinite and endless we are. We can be what we morph and change in our lives. It really opens us up to our true selves. It is in fact in on of the most common advices given to us-”Follow your dreams”
Peace out, Erica